The type of records being requested will determine availability, cost, and time required to gather the records. Records requests that can be completed by producing records kept in the normal course of business will be available sooner and at less cost. Note that there is no requirement for the department to create records not kept in the normal course of business.
- Complete the Request for Public Records Form and submit it to the Alabama State Bar at the following address (email is preferred):
Alabama State Bar
Attn: Melissa Warnke, Director of Communications
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
- Upon receiving a completed Request for Public Records Form, the Alabama State Bar will acknowledge receipt of the request and note any deficiencies, such as, but not limited to: a) a vague, non-specific request, b) an improperly completed form, and c) records not maintained by the Alabama State Bar. As soon as the records are located and assessed for costs, an itemized invoice of the production cost will be provided to the requestor. A minimum of one hour of labor will be required; any additional labor cost required to fulfill the request will be rounded to the next full hour. Upon receipt of payment for the estimated production cost, the department will compile and release the documents to the requestor. Cost of production are as follows: research/labor, $20.00 per hour; $0.50 per page copy; postage at current rate; and other charges for work reasonably necessary to comply with the request. Records will not be furnished until payment is received.
- Records requested may be available for viewing before copies are made depending on the method in which the records are stored. If the requested records are available for viewing, the requester should contact the department to schedule an appointment to view the records. Appointments are available between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Upon viewing, documents may be identified for copying. Production costs will apply.